Singapore Art Museum’s SAM Late Nights programme returns this June, July and August, in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibition, Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time. Last held in January to March 2018, the programme features complimentary late night access to the museum, live poetry reading sessions, casual artwork discussions and live music performances. Taking place on the second Friday of every month, the upcoming sessions of SAM Late Nights will take place on 8 June, 13 July and 10 August at SAM at 8Q. SAM Late Nights is a free programme, and allows complimentary access to the museum for all visitors from 6pm onwards. Admission to SAM’s exhibitions are free for Singaporeans and permanent residents, and all other visitors enjoy free entry every Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm (U.P. $6 for foreigners, $3 for students and seniors).
SAM’s ongoing exhibition: Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time
Titled Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, SAM’s ongoing exhibition explores the concept of time through immersive and interactive artworks by artists from around the world.
On view till 26 August 2018, artwork highlights include French artist Stéphane Masson’s
Momentarium (featuring 280 glass jars containing videos of people and museum visitors
moving, dancing and smiling), Japanese artist Mayuko Kanazawa’s Utsuroi Iroha (which
highlights how the Japanese culture is influenced by changes in the seasons, as audiences are incorporated into the artwork through image recognition sensors), and works by four Singaporean artists.
Live readings by Singaporean poets and Imaginarium artwork discussions
During SAM Late Nights, visitors may dive in deeper to the themes and ideas explored in
Imaginarium with artwork discussions and a live poetry reading session.
During the 8 June edition, Singaporean poets Samuel Caleb Wee, Iain Lim, Crispin
Rodrigues, Marylyn Tan and Patricia Karunungan will be doing live readings of prose and poetry inspired by the artworks featured in Imaginarium. Separately, visitors may also find out more about selected artworks – from conception to production challenges – at casual sharing sessions led by a representative from the team that put together the exhibition.
#SAMLateNights live music performances
The Imaginarium experience is also extended during SAM Late Nights through live music performances by local indie and electronic musicians. Featuring both original music and throwback tracks, and in some sessions, remixed into futuristic ethereal styles, these pop-up performances at the 8Q Plaza allow for a journey across both space and time through music.
Kicking off the SAM Late Nights pop-up performances on 8 June is Falling Feathers,
followed by ARNT (formerly of Palty Sotato) on 13 July, and Ocean’s Children on 10
August. SAM Late Nights will be the debut live performance of Falling Feathers after the
recent release of his album, Pipe Dreams, as well as ARNT’s debut performance as a solo
artist after Palty Sotato’s hiatus. These live sessions will commence once the museum closes at 9pm, alongside food, craft beers and wine sold by Standing Sushi Bar.
Other Imaginarium programmes till end August include SAM Toddler Art Workshops, daily screenings of award-winning short films and animation at the museum cinema, and various art workshops. Another exhibition organised by the Singapore Art Museum, the 2018 edition of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize, is currently on view at the National Museum of Singapore, venue partner for the Prize. Accompanying programmes for the Signature Art Prize include talks, panel discussions, and a series of artist and curator tours.
I will be making my way down to the Imaginarium with my friends to check out the cool programmes set in line or to find out more, visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg
Stay tuned to the next few posts as well where I will be releasing further details about the musicians, artists and the museum programmes online.